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We're officially in the home stretch. It's Monday, April 2. 

Frost School of Music alumna Mel Bryant performs for her shot at a ticket to Hollywood. Photo courtesy Mel Bryant

A Priestess and an Idol?

Mel Bryant, the soulful voice behind "High Priestess," auditioned for the revived American Idol on a whim – she says she had no makeup on and had barely brushed her hair – but the producers didn't seem to mind it. She got that golden ticket to Hollywood that some people dream of. But when she got there, Bryant (who has been playing music and working in Nashville since her graduation a year ago) felt overwhelmed

Pastries and sandwiches behind the counter at Madruga Bakery in Coral Gables. Annie Cappetta // Managing Editor

What did you eat for breakfast today? 

Bet it wasn't as special as what you ate over the weekend...But why? Why not treat ourselves to a full, delicious breakfast during the week and not just at boozy brunches on the weekend? This week, in "Annie's Gotta Eat," the argument for breakfast over brunch and a shortlist of where to grab a great a.m. bite around campus
In other news...

Today, this section of the newsletter will be dubbed "Kindness Corner" because our columnists are sensing the need for us all to be a little nicer and a bit more empathetic. 

Not all heroes wear capes. That's what columnist Dana Munro – who owns this happy genre because her column is called "Glass Half Full" – discovered when she decided to bridge the gap between her and service workers around campus. She found ex-dancers, entrepreneurs, full-time parents and a reminder that everyone could use a smile or a kind hello. 

Let's not wait for the next tragedy to be kind. In the wake of the FIU bridge collapse, 
Opinion Editor Grace Wehniainen asks, "Might we not enjoy a better, more cohesive society if we employed empathy as a rule, not just a knee-jerk reaction to tragedy?" Read more 

Hug it out. How do we keep healthy relationships when we're stressed out, caffeine-fueled monsters? V says make the time for that special someone. If you've been ditching your favorite people in favor of working nonstop, you may be doing more harm than good, writes our columnist. 
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